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S. Brent Plate: Roger Ebert's religion

Published: Tuesday, July 28 2015 2:33 a.m. MDT

This Jan. 2009 file photo shows film critic and author Roger Ebert, recipient of the Honorary Life Member Award, at the Directors Guild of America Awards  in Los Angeles. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that its film critic Roger Ebert died on Thursday, April 4, 2013. He was 70.  (Associated Press) This Jan. 2009 file photo shows film critic and author Roger Ebert, recipient of the Honorary Life Member Award, at the Directors Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that its film critic Roger Ebert died on Thursday, April 4, 2013. He was 70. (Associated Press)

Few if any of the news stories on the death of popular film critic Roger Ebert have addressed his spiritual side. Turns out, his mother prayer he would be a Catholic priest and despite his self-description as a nonbeliever, he said in 2011 that “my social conscience and my liberalism were founded on the teachings of Jesus."

This and more interesting details about the religious life of one of the nation’s most famous movie critics are in a Huffington Post blog by S. Brent Plate, visiting associate professor of religious studies at Hamilton College.

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